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Police in Morgan County search for Berkeley Springs man wanted in bank robbery

July 11, 2013

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. — Police in Morgan County were searching Thursday evening for a Berkeley Springs man wanted in a bank robbery, the Morgan County Sheriff's Office said.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Justin Andrew Shives, 26, for the robbery of City National Bank, 149 N. Washington St., according to Morgan County Sheriff Vincent E. Shambaugh.

As of about 6 p.m., police were searching for Shives in the area of Pious Ridge Road, he said.

Shambaugh said he and Lt. Timothy P. Stapleton went to the bank, where they learned that a man entered at about 3 p.m. and gave a note to a teller demanding cash. The man brandished no weapon, but began to count after giving the teller the note, he said.

The man fled on foot with several hundred dollars or more in $20 bills, Shambaugh said.

Two tellers identified Shives as the robber, Shambaugh said.

West Virginia State Police and officers from the Berkeley Springs and Paw Paw police departments joined deputies in a search of an area north and west of the town, Shambaugh said.

A woman approached police and told them she had given Shives a ride to an apartment complex after he paid off a $300 debt he owed her, the sheriff said.

The money was confiscated by police and the serial numbers on the bills matched bank records, Shambaugh said.

Police went to the Catawba Club apartment complex, but were unable to find Shives, Shambaugh said. However, they learned he had left in a car with some other people, he said.

The car was stopped, and the occupants told police they had dropped Shives off in the northern part of the county, Shambaugh said.

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